It's National Families Week and Kinderling Conversation's been celebrating families in all their fabulous forms this week. From emergency foster carers to friends who became parents to families born around the world, we spoke to inspiring people who shared their own heartfelt experiences of family, kids and caring. Here are their stories...
Dad Matt Stegh co-parents with a friend
Matt says he always knew he wanted to be a dad, but he also knew he didn’t want to do it the conventional way. So, he found a friend. Fast forward nine years and he, his friend and his son make one successful and happy family.
Julie Green and Georgie Smart discuss blended families
"Communication, communication, communication," is what Julie Green, Executive Director of the Raising Children Network, told us it takes to make a happy blended family. Hear Julie's advice and Georgie Smart's personal experience of the challenging and rewarding aspects that make large blended families work.
Janet and Lisa discuss becoming foster carers
Janet and Lisa are respite and emergency foster carers for Stretch-a-Family in Sydney. They often take kids when they are at their most vulnerable, but they say that it’s fun, rewarding and that it makes a real difference.
Saman Shad had three babies on three different continents
Journalist Saman Shad talked us through travelling with tiny babies and toddlers, and explains what it's like bringing up mixed-race children in Australia today.
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I keep my kid's teeth in a jewellery box. Is that weird?
If you’re a fan of the tooth fairy then you’ve got some decisions to make, writes Shevonne Hunt.
Parents of Australia, feed yourself breakfast first!
Self-care for parents start with how we feed our bodies, says nutritonist Susie Burrell.
“Mummy, say sorry to Daddy” 7 phrases of discipline my kids use against me
Proving they do listen sometimes!
How same-sex couples divide home chores and kids-raising duties
Same, same but different...
Why primary school is the next hurdle for an anxious parent
Just when I thought I had this parenting thing sorted, my daughter started school, writes presenter Shevonne Hunt.
You can now post your uncensored birth photos to Instagram and Facebook
All birth-related content has been categorised as educational.
A parent’s manual to managing separation anxiety in kids
It's enough to break your heart.
True or false: Boys have a testosterone spurt at age four
Let's stop blaming hormones for children’s behaviour.